Britain's Deportations Face Execution
Equality Forum this month called on Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to encourage British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to halt the deportation of gay Iranian refugees living in Britain.
Gay rights group, Equality Forum, call on Presidential Candidates Clinton, Obama, and McCain to add their voice(s) to what Equality Forum considers "a signifcant international human rights concern,"... Britain's deportation of Iranian gays who face execution if returned to Iran.
Obama's campaign was the first to respond, followed by Clinton's National Security Advisor who said that "it was tracking the case of Mehdi Kazemi, a 19-year-old gay man who faces execution if returned to Iran." No response to the request for intervention was provided by McCain's campaign.
Equality Forum's request of the Presidential Candidates to intervene comes at a time when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is forging closer relationships with each of the Presidential candidates. The Prime Minister was in Washington last week and purportedly met with each of the candidates.
Equality Forum's Executive Director, Malcolm Lazin, also believes this is an appropriate time to request intervention from the Presidential candidates because it will determine how they will respond to gay rights issues once elected President.